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Joyful Noise Choir

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Joyful Noise Choir is offered for children in Kindergarten-5th Grade on Wednesday Nights from 6:15-7:00. We have two break out choirs that meet together for the first part of the evening and then combine to practice together. K-1st Grade enjoys a marching band, musical games, stickers, prizes for attendance and (of course!) singing! This choir offers a great introduction to music for our younger kids in a fun and developmentally appropriate way.  2nd-5th Grade focuses on the fundamentals of music and offers a space for understanding the complexity of music, solo singing and a deep engagement with the musical selections.  The choirs are led by Lynn Kauffman and Alana Griffith.

Contact: Alana Griffith,

The Belle Meade Choir

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

The Choir sings each Sunday at the 10:30 AM service and special services throughout the year. Our repertoire is broad, ranging from Renaissance to current-day composers. We rehearse vigorously, have fun consistently, and worship purposefully. We welcome you, whether you would like to join us long-term or for a shorter period of time. Note: strong music-reading is a plus, although not required; interested high school students are welcome. We rehearse Wednesdays at 7:00 PM and Sundays at 10:00 AM.

Contact: Nancy Reiser, 

children and youth

Family Faith Play, led by Rev. Gracie Dugan, will begin on Wednesday, Sept 19. This special 6 week class is for families of children birth-4 years and their caregivers/parents. During Family Faith Play we will engage the scripture together through games, music, conversation and play. This will be a great opportunity for parents to connect with their child in a deep way and to learn easy skills and tools to intentionally create opportunities for faith conversation at home. Whether your child is 3 months or 3 years, there are ways you can make faith conversation a part of your everyday interactions!  Join us to grow together with your child and have a blast while you do it! Contact Pastor Gracie if you have any questions,

Meet Gracie.

Family Faith Play

Sept 19 - Oct 24
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 227

connect groups

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Youth for all grades 6-12 is from 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Contact: Steve Stone,  

ADULT studies

Study on the book of Acts

Aug 22 - Nov 21
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 123


This class will use the Acts study guide from James E. Sargent’s series called “Genesis to Revelation:  A Comprehensive Verse-by-Verse Exploration of the Bible.” Please contact Laura Zabaski to order the book before the first class:     

This comprehensive study of the entire Book of Acts begins with the mission to the world and ends with Paul's journey to Rome. Some of the major ideas explored are: a Gospel that cannot be contained, divine initiative and human responsibility, the subtle work of the Holy Spirit, what holds us together, and the plight of theology in a cynical world. The meaning of the selected passages is made clear by considering such aspects as ancient customs, locations of places, and the meanings of words. The simple format makes the study easy to use. Includes maps and glossary with key pronunciation helps.

Meet Kinny:

Kinny has a lifelong association with BMUMC. He helped organize and has taught the mid-week Bible Study for 15 years. Kinny has a JD from the University of Tennessee and a PhD from Vanderbilt University. He served as a lawyer for 35 years and taught English at VU for for 20 years.

Finding Joy in Your
Walk with God  

Oct 3 - Oct 24
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 121


Central to the theology of the book of John is the incarnation. Jesus is the Word made flesh. This means, through his ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension, we learn more about who God is. As such, we also learn how to live the life God intends for us.

At times, the practice of discipleship can feel burdensome or heavy. We feel we must follow a set of rules, be “good” and do everything “right.” But what if following Jesus could feel lighter, more free? What if following Jesus meant throwing away the dos and dont’s? In this class, we will focus on how faithful discipleship can be lead to more joy, celebration, purpose, and meaning in our lives.

Specifically, we will look at 4 stories from the book of John. Participants will read the text ahead of time and come ready to have a conversation. This class will also be experiential, meaning we will have some weekly practices and even a field trip!

Please note: I am never a fan of calling on people. I challenge you to give and receive for a richer experience, but you will not be forced to speak. The only requirements of this class are to read, bring your bible, try very hard to show up on time, and have fun! 

Class Assignments:

Week 1, Oct 3 - John 2:1-12 - The Wedding Banquet
Take this assessment before the first class (you do not have to give your name and email in order to get the results):

Week 2, Oct 10 - John 5:1-18 - Sabbath 
Optional experience: Visit Congregation Micah Friday, Oct 12 for their Shabbat (Sabbath) Service. Wine and snacks begins at 5:30; Service at 6pm

Week 3, Oct 17 - John 13-17 - Jesus’ Goodbye

Week 4, Oct 24 - John 21 - Jesus and Peter Reunited 
We will meet around the fire pit behind the Fellowship Hall. S’mores & hot chocolate provided!

Meet Sam. 

Discovering the history & meaning of Biblical
art, text, and place

Oct 3 - Oct 24
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

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Join Architect Kem Hinton for a 4 week series of presentations about the most revered pieces of art and architecture related to religion. 

Oct 3 - The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci - Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the most important artists in human history.  His stunning mural The Last Supper, located on a wall at the Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan, has been admired, mistreated, nearly destroyed, restored, and reproduced more than any other artistic expression.  This presentation will shed light on the history, myths, interpretations, and misconceptions that surround this landmark artistic masterpiece.  

Oct 10 - The Temple Mount in Jerusalem - The Temple Mount is arguable the most sacred place on Earth. Revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims, this holy site has been the location of numerous structures including Solomon’s Temple, Herod’s Temple, and Hadrian’s pagan temple.  Today it is crowned with an Islamic shrine known as the Dome of the Rock.  Solomon’s glorious temple, destroyed in 500 BC, was the original permanent home for Moses’ sacred Ark of the Covenant, The presentation will examine the numerous, fascinating myths, legends, and archeological discoveries at this fascinating site in Jerusalem. 

Oct 17 - The Holy Grail - Long a mysterious object popular in ancient and contemporary literature, the Holy Grail has captured the imagination of both the secular and the religious.  In this presentation, an investigation is made of the origin of the cup from the Last Supper, from the earliest days up to today’s popular media.  Its most recent appearances included the Hollywood blockbusters Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade and The Di Vinci Code, yet the real story of this sacred vessel is more complicated and intriguing than previously imagined.  

Oct 24 - Where is the original Bible? - Just where is the original Bible?  And what was the original Bible?  Both the Old and New Testaments are part of the fundamentals of our religious traditions and beliefs.  Yet, one could ask about which versions of these testaments are correct, which are rooted in authenticity, and which are not.  And the differences between the various versions holds a fascinating history of interpretation, translation, and meaning, one discovered only by looking into the past and informing it with the latest literary research and discoveries.

Meet Kem:  Kem is an architect, LEED accredited professional, urban designer, author, historian, graphic designer, photographer, lecturer, and visual artist.  He received his professional education from the University of Tennessee, University of Pennsylvania, and Ecole des Beaux-Arts.  In 1984, he and Seab Tuck established Tuck-Hinton Architects, and there he has been responsible for award-winning projects including Vanderbilt University Admissions Building, Tennessee World War II Memorial, Civil Rights Room in Nashville Public Library, MTSU Sports Hall of Fame, Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Center, and Ingram Science Building at Montgomery Bell Academy.  Kem was the lead designer of the Tennessee Bicentennial Capitol Mall in Nashville, and he authored A Long Path: The Search for a Tennessee Bicentennial Landmark.  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.

Kem is currently designing the new $95-million Tennessee State Library & Archives facility and a new memorial at War Memorial Plaza to honor Tennessean veterans involved in the Gulf War conflicts.  He is married to Marilyn, has a grown son T.J., and recently completed his LEED Platinum residence, a first in Williamson County.

Grief Group 

Oct 10 - Nov 21
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 204

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Grief can be a difficult experience to process, especially without support. Because of this, have designed this group to provide a safe and welcoming environment for you to share your grief. Often, we find grief can come in waves and can be triggered by important dates, including holidays. Along with support, we hope to help each member develop skills to nurture and support them during these difficult times.

This group will be led by Chris O'Rear and Cara Lindell, the therapists of The Counseling Center at Belle Meade UMC. We will meet Wednesday nights from 6-7pm, October 10 - November 21 (excluding Halloween) in Room 204. Before registering, please make sure you can attend at least 5 out of the 6 meetings. Please register no later than September 24th. For some basic facts and myths about grief before we meet, click HERE.  

To read more about Chris, Cara, and the Counseling Center, click HERE.

*Nursery Care is provided on Wednesday nights for ages birth to five. It begins 15 minutes before programming. Contact with any questions about programming or nursery care for kids!

to islam 

Nov 7
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall


Imam Ossama Bahloul will be joining us Wednesday, Nov 7 at 6pm to share about the tenants of Islam. He will allow most of his presentation to be Q&A, where he welcomes any and all questions about the Islamic faith.

Ossama is a graduate of the renowned Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his BA in Islamic Studies, as well as his Master’s degree and ultimately his Ph.D. Dr. Bahloul completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Religions. Dr. Bahloul’s passion in comparative religions has fueled over 16 years of experience in interfaith dialogue and numerous public corroborations with both Muslim organizations and religious leaders from other faiths. Prior to his tenure at the Islamic Center of Nashville, Dr. Bahloul was the Imam at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro where he led and supported the community through severe islamophobic attacks while building the only mosque in Murfreesboro, all of which was covered extensively by local and national media. Above all, Dr. Bahloul is a devoted and loving husband to his wife Ivey Bahloul, and a caring, compassionate father to his three beautiful children Jana, Adam, and Nora.

OPen bible study

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 216

We are a group of men who have been meeting for years, but always welcome new people! We pick a book of the Bible and study it together. We will be studying Ephesians this Spring. Bring a Bible; no additional books required. 

Contact: Bruce Kauffman,

*Nursery Care is provided on Wednesday nights for ages birth to five. It begins 15 minutes before programming. Contact with any questions about programming or nursery care for kids!


6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 125

We gather after Wednesday Night Dinner to knit and crochet various items: prayer shawls, baby blankets and hats/scarves for Room in the Inn. We love to create a gift that provides warmth and strength to our congregation in a time of need or a time of joy.  What a blessing for everyone, those receiving and those creating. Bring your own materials and join us! 

Contact: Carol Cartwright, or Marsha Arnold,

*Nursery Care is provided on Wednesday nights for ages birth to five. It begins 15 minutes before programming. Contact with any questions about programming or nursery care for kids!

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